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Royal result for former local trainer

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June 05, 2018

Monique Burnett drove Poppy’s Princess to a win at Cobram on Sunday for owners Wayne and Brendan Gretgrix, pictured with Brendan’s children Lucy, Joe and Tom.

Former Deniliquin hobby harness racing trainer Wayne Gretgrix claimed the main feature at the Cobram Pink Ladies Day fundraiser meeting on Sunday.

His mare Poppy’s Princess prevailed in the 2170m Invitation Lady Drivers Pace.

Driven by Monique Burnett, Poppy’s Princess was the $2.70 favourite.

Burnett gave Poppy’s Princess a mid-field trip before making her move three wide in the back straight with 700m to run.

She reeled in her rivals one by one to go onto a comfortable win over the Glenn Douglas trained Jayedgar (driven by Donna Castles) with the Brad Aylett trained Arty Guy (Ellen Tormey) filling the minor placing.

It was the third career win for Poppy’s Princess who has had 33 starts. It is her second win from her past three starts.

Her 1.58.3 mile rate at Cobram was also a PB for the five year-old daughter of Elsu.

Wayne, who was the manager at Deniliquin Beaurepaires, has been based in Bendigo since the start of the year.

Sunday school

It’s unusual to see so many people at school on a Sunday, but for Deniliquin High School the day was ideal for its Year 7 orientation program.

More than 200 people attended the session aimed at prospective students for 2019 and their families.

Kicking the afternoon off with a barbecue, guests enjoyed an informative talk by High School principal Glen Warren, co-deputy principal Peter Astill and future year adviser Kylie Barker.

Existing high school students helped conduct a series of special tours of the school.

‘‘Hopefully more than 100 students will join us next year,’’ Mrs Barker said.

‘‘There was a very positive energy felt by everyone on the day.

‘‘This year’s orientation was during the afternoon so we were also able to run some activities on the oval.

‘‘We had beautiful weather which literally cast the right light on the school.’’

Trackside thank you

Deniliquin Racing Club held a very casual catchup with their sponsors at the Deniliquin Racecourse on Sunday afternoon.

Club president Russell Douglas said there was no better way to say thank you than a classic barbecue lunch on a pleasant sunny weekend afternoon.

Some of the Racing Club’s committee members joined 24 guests representing the sponsors, enjoying drinks at the racecourse.

‘‘We just wanted to say thank you to everyone for supporting us,’’ Mr Douglas said.

‘‘Even though not all sponsors could attend, we are so grateful for their help, especially for our Anzac Day races which turned out to be a really successful day.

‘‘In fact, there was already excitement created around Caulfield Cup Day.

‘‘They were starting to talk about it, discussing ideas, and as long as the weather is good it should make for a great October event.’’

Free testing kits

The Deniliquin Community Group is focused on the health of local residents, and has sponsored a free bowel cancer testing kit program this year.

Members of DCG will be handing out kits to eligible residents under 50 years old at Eric Sim Pharmacy this Thursday.

DCG president Pam Ellerman said statistics of bowel cancer among those under 50 are on the increase, which is why the group has sponsored 100 free kits.

DCG members, also armed with helpful information for the community, the DCG will be at the pharmacy from 10am to 3pm.

Lloyd shines

AFL footballer Sam Lloyd’s return to the lower level may only be a fleeting one after the 28 year-old has put in two stirring performances for the Richmond’s VFL side.

The former Deni Rams player was dropped from the senior side, a casualty of Richmond’s round nine AFL loss to West Coast.

His return to the VFL saw him collect 34 possessions, 11 clearances and four goals in the Tigers’ 56 point win over Coburg in round eight, before backing that performance up with 37 touches, seven clearances, six tackles and two goals against Collingwood VFL on Sunday.

Lloyd, who has played five AFL games this season, will be a chance to line-up for the Tigers when they face Port Adelaide on Friday night. There will be plenty of local interest with former Rams junior Todd Marshall potentially lining up for the Power.

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